Boost to Sabah Wildlife Center

KOTA KINABALU: A Sabah Wildlife Rescue Centre has been set up at the

Lok Kawi Wildlife Park here.

It was made possible through a joint

initiative between the Sabah Wildlife Department, Shangri-La Rasa Ria

and the Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC).

A memorandum of

understanding was signed by the three organisations at the International

Palm Oil Conference attended by 300 local and foreign participants

here.

Assistant Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk

Ellorin Angin said the centre would be involved in wildlife rescue and

translocation operations throughout Sabah.

“It will also conduct

on site wildlife enforcement and monitoring as well as liase with other

stakeholders like the Worldwide Fund for Nature and the plantation

industry,” he said.

MPOC chairman Datuk Lee Yeow Chor said it

would help finance the rescue centre.

“This is an excellent start

and demonstrates our commitment to conservation efforts,” he said.

Lee

added that the palm oil industry continued to be unfairly blamed for

the loss of wildlife habitats and biodiversity.

“Major food

producers have been pressured to drop palm oil as the public is being

brainwashed into believing that our palm oil is the culprit,” he said.

He said MPOC had cooperated with the Sabah Wildlife

Department and NGOs to conduct surveys on the orang utan

population.

“The surveys revealed that there is still a sizeable

orang utan population,”he said, adding that the industry was committed

to taking steps to ensure the long term survival of orang utans.

The

conference was opened by Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister

Tan Sri Bernard Dompok who also launched the book, The Best Kept

Secrets For Reversing Climate Change.

Source : The Star

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